Counselling

Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.”  Saint Francis de Sales

What is counselling?

Counselling offers you the opportunity to talk about your problems and feelings in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space. It can help you to understand, deal with and overcome issues that are causing pain or making you feel uncomfortable.

What can counselling help with?

Counselling can be very useful for many issues including:

  • Relationship difficulties (partner, family, friends, colleagues etc.)
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Stress
  • Low self esteem or self confidence
  • Sexual, physical and emotional abuse
  • Dilemmas and decision making
  • Feeling ‘stuck’
  • Dealing with life changes and transitions – for example becoming a new parent
  • Simply needing to feel heard

This list isn’t exhaustive so if something else is going on for you it may be that counselling could help.

What type of counselling?

I am an ‘integrative’ counsellor. This means that I work with a range of approaches such as:

  • Person centred counselling
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Creative therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis

… and can tailor an approach to suit you and your preferences. I can also offer coaching if you want to focus on achieving a specific personal or professional goal.

I always offer warmth, compassion, understanding and a safe, non-judgemental space in which to talk.
How long would counselling last?
  • Each session is 50 minutes (a therapeutic hour)
  • I offer both time limited and open ended options. ‘Time limited’ means that we agree a set number of sessions at the start. This is a good option if you have something specific you want to work towards. ‘Open ended’ means that we agree to end sessions when it feels right for you to do so. This is very useful if you have a number of issues or want to feel free to take things slowly. Either way we can regularly review how counselling is going.
Are you the right counsellor for me?

I offer a free 30 minute initial meeting. This gives us the opportunity to meet each other and see how we might work together. It is important that you choose a counsellor you will feel comfortable with and there is no obligation to commit to counselling at this meeting.